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After spending more than 25 years in the newspaper business (most recently at the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver), Michael Bialas is currently taking an online approach to his work. A writer, editor, amateur photographer and former college football player, he primarily has covered sports throughout his career. Among the games he enjoys playing now, though, are reviewing and writing about music, movies, TV and other activities that sometimes don't require a ball.

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Looking Back at the Hangout Heroes: San Fermin, Take a Bow

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Two weeks ago, the 2015 Hangout music festival officially began on the beach along the Alabama Gulf Coast, a setting that artists and fans alike agree is one of the most beautiful for an event of this magnitude.

With more than 70 acts, six stages and all sorts...

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One SHEL of a Story: 4 Fab Females Show Off Their New 'Baby'

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:00 PM

Homeschooled first by their mother while dad made a living as a musician, the Holbrooks were just normal kids who happened to share common interests in famous fab foursomes like the Beatles and the Marx Brothers.

Considering they ranged in age from 4 to 10 in the late 1990s,...

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Going Out With a Head Bang: 10 More Foo Fighters Songs for Letterman

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 4:58 PM

At first glance, Dave Grohl and Dave Letterman have little in common other than sharing the same first name.

While Letterman grew up in Indiana and was married for the first time in 1969, the same year Grohl was born in Ohio, the two eventually became power players...

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Hangout Snapshot, Day 3: Firekid Is a Hot Prospect Getting Closer to the Fame

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:30 PM

Growing up in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area, it didn't take long for Dillon Hodges to pick up a guitar and make it his lifelong obsession.

He started playing when he was 11 years old, and by the age of 17 as a senior at Florence High School, he was...

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Hangout Snapshot, Day 2: Elle King Is Queen for a Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 12:07 PM

Elle King grew up in southern Ohio but was made for Gulf Shores -- and the Hangout festival. The singer-songwriter whose full-length album debut Love Stuff was released in February, now lives in New York, likes to party, frolic in the ocean and speak without a net.

"I'm a...

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Hangout Snapshot: Get a Closer Look at Zella Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 12:17 PM

This spot the next several days will feature up-and-coming artists who were performing at the 2015 Hangout festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, from May 15-17. 

It kicks off with Zella Day, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Pinetop, Arizona, who now resides in Los Angeles. Her debut album, Kicker, will...

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Five Knives Is Living on the Cutting Edge in Nashville

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:57 AM

So kids, you say you want to be an EDM star?

Try this at home... if you dare.

"It's interesting just how much your life changes and where you think it's going to end up," Five Knives lead singer and part-time philosopher Anna M'Queen was saying over...

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Want Some Hangout Clout? My Morning Jacket's Jim James Is the Surreal Deal

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 2:30 AM

Is Jim James for real?

My Morning Jacket's mysterious frontman/guitarist/vocalist must enjoy keeping people guessing, bouncing from prestigious side projects to occasional solo work to incredible collaborations with the likes of Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford.

The trio joined Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Taylor...

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Meet Houndmouth, the Best Little Indy Rock Band in Americana

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:41 PM

When Houndmouth was ready to start its sophomore album, the fearless foursome went for broke and reached out to Dave Cobb to see if the Nashville producer would take on the project.

Cobb, right now one of the hottest names in the roots hierarchy, already has pushed artists such...

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Taking the Feel-Good With the Bad: There's More to Love in the Mowgli's

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 12:02 PM

Even the most upbeat person in the universe can't preach positivity 24 hours a day. That would be exhausting, even annoying. Playing in a band that relies on feel-good music at its core can have some challenges, too.

Just ask Colin Louis Dieden, one of the founders, lead singer-songwriters...

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Bands to Watch: Hangout at the Beach With... Kopecky

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 1:34 PM

As Kelsey Kopecky found out about eight years ago, playing in a band is a lot like growing up with your family.

So it made sense when her fellow student at Belmont University first suggested half-seriously/half-kiddingly that they put the two like-minded entities together with her name to create...

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Kid and Playful: Jessie Baylin Steps Out of Her Dark Shadow

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 2:02 PM

It was around this time three years ago when serious-minded singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin turned prankster, playing the trick of a lifetime on her mother.

"Mom, I just want to tell you, I'm not pregnant," Baylin said matter-of-factly.

"Oh, that's OK," Dori Baldassarre responded, figuring she would become a...

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Video Premiere: 'Home' Away From Home for Caravan of Thieves

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 9:14 AM

The life of a touring musician isn't often as glamorous as it might seem, so seeing it through the lens of a zany quartet known as Caravan of Thieves is a real eye-opener.

This group of part-vaudevillian, part-gypsy, part-musical shape-shifting madness is releasing its third studio album today...

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Beauty and the Best: Catching Up With the Wailin' Jennys

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:39 PM

The Wailin' Jennys could've been the Kardashians of Canada. If only ...

• They were three sisters, which they are, but just in the figurative, quote-unquote sense. (Besides that, one of them was born in Maine.)

• They fought like cats and dogs, which they apparently don't, judging by...

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Making All the Write Moves, Liz Longley Arrives With Revealing Album, Interview

(5) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Ask musicians to honestly talk about their work, and they'll likely admit that talent only takes you so far.

Liz Longley can attest to that. After more than 11 years of carrying around ambitions heavier than an overstuffed piece of excess baggage, it took a double date with...

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Video Premiere: Take a Trip Across the 'Great Divide' With Humming House

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 2:47 AM

Two impressions of Humming House immediately come to mind after taking one look at their "Great Divide" video, which premieres today (March 10) at The Huffington Post.

The Nashville-based folk-rock-roots band founded and fronted by Justin Wade Tam not only digs the open road but absolutely loves to...

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All Aboard: This Roller Coaster Gets Down to Believing in Allison Moorer

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:05 PM

For someone on the verge of unleashing a vast reservoir of wrath for public consumption, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer sounded downright chipper, much like Rayna James on the night last year when the fictitious country music star of Nashville swept the imaginary version of the CMA Awards.

Of...

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Video Premiere: Pieta Brown Presents 'Flowers of Love' for Valentine's Day

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 10:46 AM

Pieta Brown must have a green thumb. Only the verdant garden of earthly delights she cultivates includes a colorful collection of words, phrases and notes that magically sprout into beautiful songs, slowly climbing like a clinging vine until they wrap around your heart and refuse to let go.

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Video Premiere: As Sisters and Brothers, the Vespers Keep the Faith

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:02 AM

What happens when an uncompromising band built primarily on a couple of angelic voices, the stubborn quest for perfection and the blind ambition of youth suddenly grows up and decides to switch gears while trying to firmly hold onto its family values?

With the ability to change yet stay...

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With or Without Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen Keeps Flying

(17) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 3:02 PM

Jorma Kaukonen was halfway through a 45-minute phone interview last week when the subject of a Jefferson Airplane reunion finally came up.

The former lead guitarist of the band that not only helped define the psychedelic '60s but also its brand of freewheeling rock is, at the...

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